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Quito

Quito with 1,4 million inhabitants is the capital of Ecuador The city located at an average altitude of 2800 m, was founded in 1534 by the Spanish, on an undulating ground which is composed mainly of volcanic ash coming from the Pichincha volcano (4776 m). Quito and Ecuador have a human history which reaches back incredibly to 3600BC, the Incas were only around between 1000 and 1534 AC! It has its special place on the globe since (as the country name suggests) its on the equator! Lively and busy city. Spanish is the only lingo but the friendly locals will help and receive travellers kindly. Surrounded by a series of mountains of incredible height.

Quito Ecuador, San Francisco churchQuito is also the cultural centre of the country. Quito has been declared a Cultural Heritage of Humanity site by UNESCO. It is a city rich in historical churches, monasteries, convents and museums containing a wealth of religious paintings and sculpture dating back to the 16th century.

Ecuador’s capital is at the same time a modern metropolis with a variety of hotel facilities to chose from, including many of the world’s major hotel chains. Quito also has countless restaurants (serving national and international cuisine, alike), shopping centers, theaters, convention centers, and everything else that the most demanding tourist could possible need. The city has its annual festival in December, when festivities such as bullfights, the election of the Queen of Quito, national and international concerts, street dances, and fireworks turn Quito into the site of a national gala for an entire week.

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